A help­ing hand

Q Can I help my apri­cot crop? JULIE CHAPMAN, SKEGNESS

Garden Answers (UK) - - Problems Solved -

A Apri­cot flow­ers open very early in spring when there are few pol­li­nat­ing in­sects about, so it’s worth hand pol­li­nat­ing plants with a small brush on a sunny day. They also tend to bloom on older wood, on short spurs, so don’t prune too hard. Just shorten long sum­mer growth while your tree’s in leaf.

Apri­cots may need hand pol­li­nat­ing

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